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Ferrari redoubles efforts to poach Rossi from MotoGP

Ferrari has redoubled its efforts to convince record-breaking multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi to switch from two wheels to four - with Luca di Montezemolo revealing he 'would do everything' to get the FIAT Yamaha star into a third scarlet machine in F1 2011
'The Doctor' himself might repeatedly dismiss the notion, his FIAT Yamaha team boss Davide Brivio might fear it and the chances of three-car teams in F1 2011 might be as remote as ever – but undeterred, Ferrari has sent out its boldest signal yet that it wants record-breaking multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi competing in one of its scarlet cars next year.

Rumours of an eventual transition from the pinnacle of international two-wheeled racing to its four-wheeled equivalent have been rife in motorsport paddocks around the world for some time, fuelled by a number of Ferrari testing outings for the Italian in recent years.

The latest of those – around Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya aboard a two-year-old F2008 back in January – saw Rossi impressively close to barely two tenths of a second shy of the lap record around the track, set by Kimi Raikkonen, and to within a tenth of the Finn's 2008 Spanish Grand Prix pole position benchmark.

Still the insistence from the 30-year-old Urbino native is that his head will not be turned and that his immediate future lies in motorcycling and in the longer-term perhaps rallying – but equally, still the famous Prancing Horse is seemingly refusing to take 'no' for an answer...

“We want a third car and I would do everything to have Valentino,” the Scuderia's president Luca di Montezemolo is quoted as having said by Reuters. “When he wins this year's MotoGP, enough is enough – he must also win in Formula 1.”



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GS - Unregistered

April 20, 2010 3:00 PM

Get lost, Luca. The last thing Rossi needs is being distracted by anyone trying to get him into F1. He has his work cut out with Stoner and Lorenzo. And Luca di Montezemolo's presumption in saying 'When he wins this year's MotoGP, enough is enough - he must also win in Formula 1' simply beggars belief. Who does he think he is, Rossi's Dad? Who sets Rossi's goals in life anyway? Luca di Montezemolo is a blinkered, arrogant fool. He sums up everything that is stale and rotten in F1.



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